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  • From: Tom Barton <>
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  • Subject: Re: [grouper-users] Varonis data governance
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:44:09 -0600

Hi Don,

I spent a little time on the Varonis site - it looks like a very nice tool set, I like the looks of the UIs, and having some analytic data is very cool. But as you say, they each have substantially distinct features too. Varonis really digs into the files and folders that people have access to. If that's close to the heart of what you need, it could be a better path for you.

Just today here at UChicago we were discussing adding course subsection info to the course info we reflect through grouper that enables departments around campus to manage course/section related access in their own systems without having to build their own solution to that problem. Grouper's heart is nearer to the integrability it brings across diverse types of systems and sources of information those systems need to implement their access control policies.

I'd enjoy hearing more as you work out this aspect of your strategy at U Ark.


On 1/9/2014 2:52 PM, Don Faulkner wrote:

Has anyone here looked at Varonis and its data governance and privilege management tools? Some of their toolkit appears to overlap part of grouper's feature set, while other parts of both tools seem quite different. I'm curious because we still have grouper implementation on our near-future roadmap, but I like a lot of the features that Varonis claims. I'd hate to duplicate effort if I can achieve the same with a single tool. I'm also concerned about what happens if we buy Varonis and then have to make Grouper work with it. Thoughts?

Things about Varonis that I like:

Ability to click on a user or group and see all access rights granted.
Ability to see the effect of adding/removing groups before committing changes
Ability to audit trail of activity, and statistics on the same.
Web-based tool for end users to manage their own access rights

Don Faulkner, CISSP | CISO at the University of Arkansas
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